All electrical workers should have a high degree of understanding of the dangers involved in working with electricity for themselves and for the benefit of others. Being an electrician is a rewarding career pathway that comes come with risks. Whether you’re an aspiring electrician or an apprentice wanting to know more, we’ve put together this guide to help you maintain a high electrical safety standard. We also recommend that you consult the safety guidelines for your industry or organisation.
If you have any questions or want to learn more about how CET can help you with safety qualifications, get in touch with our friendly team.
Improving your electrical installation safety
Electrical safety is a general practice of handling electrical equipment to prevent incidents. The risk of an incident involving electrical work is significantly increased due to the large quantities of energy involved. Not following the proper procedures may even result in fatal injury. Stringent safety regulations and operating systems must be followed to prevent these severe incidents or damages.
Although a level of training is required to correctly identify and control hazards to keep the environment safe for those around these installations, there are many things you can do to help improve your own safety practices.
1. Understand how to assess and manage risks
Different types of electrical emergencies can include electrical shocks, fallen power lines and even electrical fires. Understanding how to identify these risks is essential to prevent serious incidents from occurring. Your workplace should help to educate you on any potential electrical hazards, so make sure you are aware of any training or documentation in place.
2. Regularly inspect and test your electrical installation equipment
Maintaining your electrical installation equipment is the first step to a safer site. All equipment needs to be inspected and tested regularly by a qualified electrician. They must have the appropriate skills acquired through training, qualifications and experience, as well as the right testing equipment. Once tested the equipment should be tagged with information such as the tester's name, the testing date, the next testing date, and the outcome of the testing.
If you find any unsafe electrical equipment, ensure that you alert the appropriate person immediately and disconnect, fix or remove it if safe.
3. Refresh your knowledge with electrical safety courses
The easiest way to ensure that your electrical safety knowledge is up to date is through formal training and education. Some safety courses are required for you to work with certain types of electrical equipment, while others may help improve your knowledge and employability.
Electrical Safety Courses at CET
Checking and Testing an Electrical Installation
New electrical installations and any modification to existing installations, such as repairs and upgrades, must be tested before being put into service or use. This CET course covers industry regulations and the common test methods required to test a low voltage electrical installation, fault identification and documenting test results.
We provide this non-accredited course to final-year apprentice electrical mechanics, electrical fitters and licensed electricians. This gives them the training, skills and knowledge to visually inspect and test a low voltage electrical installation in compliance with the industry requirements.
Learn more about this safety course here.
Get in touch with CET to learn more about our post-trade safety courses and how you can gain this valuable skill set that will significantly enhance your future employment prospects.